May 8, 2015 — In addition to all the sales, marketing and corresponding S/M management ‘employee’ slots, timeshare developers obviously have all sorts of other type of employees from the security guards all the way up the employee work-chain to include top tier management – which includes (e.g.) the HR ‘peeps’, the Admin ‘folks’, etc. Of course we cannot forget the employees in our beloved and various industry associations around the world, including Howard on the east coast of the USA who’s been at the helm of ARDA for a very long and prosperous run.
So Here’s The Scoop: As it so happens I have info on what many of these ‘employees’ earn each year including the benefits and other perks they enjoy annually; but I’m not going to publish any of that information because, frankly speaking, it’s nobody’s business and if some readers knew the inside story on ‘some’ of the pay plans they might be less than jubilant at being ‘in the know’.
However it does beg a question and some thought.
In the corporate world of employees — including those with benefits, perks and bonuses, etc. — there is a component so important that if the employer didn’t provide it to their employees they’d rarely be able to hire anyone new, let alone keep other good employees on board for the duration, aka: many years!
And in the corporate universe, unbeknownst to most sales and marketing personnel in our industry, that “very important component” often includes all their performance-based salary plus commissioned sales and marketing employees, too.
Now what do you suppose that “very important component” might be?
Could it be a little office party now and then? Perhaps it’s a company-sponsored picnic each year on a beautiful spring day? Or, maybe they add a new perk occasionally like a company car? On the other hand it could be like some of the perks Google offers their employees such as their “Stay healthy, save time” program which, believe it or not, includes “On-site physicians and nurses”, etc.
Perhaps that “very important component” again, like another employee perk provided by Google, is their “More time with your baby” plan whereby the company offers: “New parents get time off and some extra spending money to help them welcome their new bundle of joy”; or the company-sponsored “Legal aid for less” program whereby “Googlers get legal advice at no cost and, in the U.S., also get common legal services at a generous group discount”?
Well, all the aforementioned ‘things’ sure sound swell, are very attractive and important to magnetize new employees and keep others on board for a ‘career’ – but, it’s still not quite enough and is surely missing that one “very important component”.
Maybe it is the atmosphere, especially the design and layout making the office not only gorgeous & spacious, etc. but each ‘work area’ and/or desk as well as those with a private office have all the modern gadgets, including super high speed wireless, entertainment systems, etc., making it so comfy that a lot of the employees would rather be at work than in their own home.
Maybe that “very important component” is the onsite corporate fitness center with all the ‘stuff’ so employees can work off those calories, exercise their hearts and lungs and maybe includes a sauna, a spa or one of those small swim-in-place pools so the employees can get a daily cardio workout while swimming against the current.
That “very important component” to attract new hires and keep good employees on board might also be a rec-room where the employees can get in a quick game of table tennis with other employees on a break or maybe shoot some ‘stick’ (pool) or relax and enjoy other games including videos, etc.
Gosh, all of it sounds so darn appealing – where do I sign on?
And in the corporate mindset many companies including a few TS developers have none, some, many, all and/or more of the aforementioned bennies’ for their ‘employees’ – but something critically important is still missing.
Now what could it be?
Well, I can’t speak for any of our industry associations when it comes to that “component” other than to say I’d be willing to bet the farm that perhaps every employee within those various associations all have ‘it’.
And I can’t speak for all the TS developers’ employees from that security guard to the top tier management – in various departments – other than to say, again, I’d be willing to bet most of those employees have ‘it’ as well!
Let’s see now – who is left that doesn’t have ‘it’?
I’d suggest that over 90% of all sales and marketing reps and their ‘management’ personnel just in the USA – whether they are still 1099 I/C’s or full blown ‘employees’ – don’t have ‘it’; and that is surely true in most places around the world where the marketing/sales reps (including management) are working their little hearts out helping each of those developers rake in millions and millions and millions of dollars each year.
Now I’m not going to say what ‘it’ is, but to get readers thinking the first person who gets ‘it’ and posts below in Comments what that “very important component” is will get a yet-to-be-decided SPIFF from ITG – or at the least, a “Kudos” – and the satisfaction of knowing they are truly one of the brightest bulbs in the marquee, so to speak.
And for everyone else I’ll give y’all one hint, which is if you don’t have or get ‘it’ soon – in time – ‘some’ might think you could have very well been one of those ‘people’ born every second because time is money and money is time and in time it will all come to an end. So get ‘it’ today! 😉
Good Luck Out There
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